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Will It Snow for Christmas kicks off new midweek ratings battle

SBS premiered a new drama series today, melodrama Will It Snow for Christmas? starring Go Soo in his big television comeback and Han Ye-seul. (I haven’t watched it yet; I’ll let you know what I think when I’ve had the chance.) The numbers aren’t terribly different from last week’s lineup, although a slight shift may give Hero a little hope as it rose slightly to land at 5.1%. Christmas came in with a tentative 8.6%, which is on the low side but not so bad considering it’s the first episode and that competitor IRIS commanded a strong 34.7%. (These are TNS numbers; AGB’s are slightly off, but show the same general trend.)

Perhaps Christmas was hoping for more, given that its writer Lee Kyung-hee gave us I’m Sorry, I Love You and PD Choi Moon-seok directed What Happened in Bali. But it’s still early enough for Christmas to rise once IRIS wraps in a couple weeks, and melodramas typically start out a bit slower and work up to their big conflicts as they progress. I’m guessing (from pre-show info) that much of this week’s episodes centered around the childhood flashbacks with Han Ye-seul’s and Go Soo’s characters.

Hero is still facing a tough uphill battle; its slight uptick is good, but not really promising in the big picture. It’s an oddball drama whose fun is in its witty dialogue and small comic beats, so it is finding it harder to hook fans when its competition is giving audiences Loud and Big: explosions, gunfire, tears, and tragedy. Despite that, it is earning positive praise among its small but mighty fanbase. (All hail Lee Junki fans!)

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First. I'm trying not to watch it until I'm done with finals! me too #2 :(

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it makes me sad because this is the first wednesday without YB.. I miss it already. Seriously, it feels like something is missing in my Wednesdays and for sure Thursdays as well.

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Same here. I was checking on the rating just want to see if YB did a better job than this one. Lucky, it's only 8.6%... SBS should run a YAB special, it might have a better rating than Will it snow on X'mas. I bet YB will help SBS earn a lot of money oversea. Rating is just a number game. The supports YB recieved from us netizen... it's priceless.. I am looking for the YAB casts and/or The Hong Sisters next project next year. Hopefully it won't be too long.

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omg...let's just get over YB shall we? i enjoyed it as much as the next person but it seems like all the threads are bleeding YB unnecessarily. let's remember that the drama world is moving on......and so should the fans. public announcement over! :)

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I always like to root for the underdog... so GO HERO!!! :D
I hope the numbers continues to climb.

*even though I'm not watching it yet... but I haven't started any of those 3 dramas... ;)

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ohmygosh, i can't wait to watch it :)
do any of you know where i can see it? - i don't need subtitles.

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@ 4 pabo ceo reom

Heh heh, I hear ya. But it's only been a week since YB ended, so I can understand. It's hard when your favorite mania drama finishes.

Anyways, I'm totally rooting for Hero. On a side note, Han Ye-seul is sooooo unsuited for that get-up and that pose. The woman is sexy and sultry, not cute and demure, and it's just looks horribly awkward and weird. Imagine casting Kim So-yeon as the girl next door. Yeah, I didn't think so.

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I miss YB too. It's so weird that it's so popular worldwide but not in its own country.I know Jang Geun Suk will be more popular in Japan now after this. Gotta love him.

I'm not sure but i heard that Ratings are how the company makes money. That's why it's so important.

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I'm looking forward to checking this out.

It looks really sweet and I like the christmas theme too.

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Too many dramas to watch la! Maybe this one would be given a lower priority for the time being. As story of melodrama usually develops slower, so it might be better to view several episodes in one go.

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oh god another cheesy drama :(

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For the record I would like to predict that one of the leads will probably die. Maybe both leads will die -- which would be kind of cool. But one will die...of brain tumor, a shot to the head/heart or some vital organ, or of an accident.

Mark my words, people!

@pabo ceo reom: come on, be nice. It's the first Wednesday without YAB -- it makes sense that people would be feeling the ache more than usual tonight.

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@11
How is this a cheesy drama.... ?

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Right, I will mention YAB once. I think it did hold up pretty well against Iris. The rating was consistent, eh?

DB, I’ll wait for your review of Will it Snow… Not sure if I have the right mood for a melodrama at this stage. Heroes are not subbed yet so another waiting game for me.

#12 (nom_kitteh): I was thinking of the same line. Actually, the childhood episode reminded me much of Autumn in my heart (one drama which I did not finish after crying in my heart out in the first 2-3 episodes). Given the history of the writer and director, perhaps someone would die in Will it snow.

Time for a Honog sisters’ parody on “I love you, you love me, but I have terminal illness” ending (This parody was in My Girl by the way)

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i hope this drama is good. leslie kim was so good in couple or trouble.

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x'mas seems interesting, cant wait to see another sobby drama.

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I am interested. I am one of those who can never get enough of Korean melodrama. Its definitely in my list. And i like the casts.

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I only saw the preview of this and thought I saw Song Joong Ki. Was it really him?

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@13 the title it self gives it away trust me i have a lot experience but you might like the cheesy thing :)

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I'm just gonna give this a shoot because I really lack something to watch. But given my record with soapy melodramas, I doubt I will be hooked to continue watching it on long-term.

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@18 beehive
yes, it is song joong ki, i'm kinda interested watching this drama because of him lol :P

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@pabo,

It was like this after BBF, Coffee Prince, and Hong Gil Dong.

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@belleze,
I think this time gonna be harder than BOF nor coffee prince, YAB just feels different idk why..
it's kinda hard for me to move on, i kept on replaying the drama over and over again.. gaaaaaaah.. i want YAB back!!!

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"YAB just feels different idk why.."

It's because YAB was a great idol drama, in the same way that Nobuta wo Produce was a great idol drama. Actually I'm not sure even I believe that. :D

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I think I'll pass on this one ... :)
I'm still recovering from YB and I'm just glad that I'm getting my life back to normal again. LOL I'm not really into heavy drama or tragic love story thing. Unless its something like "Sad Love Story". I'll see probably just read Javabeans review for now.

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no sub yet.... can't wait

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I guess im the only not really missing YB? I think it ended well, and tbh after ep 8 it wasn't as fresh as before and kind of draggy. Anyway YB did revive my drama watching but now I can't find anything to watch, goes back to re-watching Kim Wa Petto. I want a Matsujun pet too!!!!!

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it was good. and childhood story was rly blew me away. i like that kind of things. but i will not say about it because it can be a spoiler. and i'm not good at English.lol
i loved ' i'mSorry, I Love You' and 'What Happened in Bali' so i knew that i love this drama.
especially i love the cast of young Cha Gang jin. i just fall in love with him but his role is over. and Song Joong ki was....oh...i don't wanna say. i cried because of him.

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@alyssia - I agree with you. Ratings are an important aspect b/c it translate into revenue for the company. It is more than a numbers game unfortunately.

I usually can't watch melodramas until after they have fully aired. I can't stand all the crying and circles btw the characters. So I'll be waiting on this one, but if it's good, then I will give it a fair watch.

I'm not missing YB either. I love it just as much as the next person and will & have rewatched my fave parts over & over. But this week came by and I felt that it wrapped up and ended on a good note. But I can understand that a lot of people are missing it. It was a fun ride.

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@21 and 28:

Thanks for the info. I may check this one out too for Song Joong Ki and we'll see if I'll cry for him too hehe.. I loved both WHIB and MISA, so I hope this drama will keep me interested even if SJK only appears in the childhood part.

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Watched the first episode, and I gotta say that it follows the general melodrama format of the younger versions doing a great job of portraying who these people are to be later in life. Haven't watched a melodrama in awhile, and was pleasantly surprised that I liked the first episode, and am currently watching the 2nd episode while at work.

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I never even finished the last 2 episodes of YAB (if there ever was an overhyped drama, that was it) so I am certainly looking forward to Christmas, as it simply has to be better for me by process of elimination.

Chances are whatever else will be Xmas' putative flaws, at least the heroine will not drive me to fits of rage a la Mi Neyo, who appeared to be able to tie her own shoes with maximum difficulty - she glued her fingers together? Really? REALLY? I think it was about then I gave up on that drama. She also got attacked by a bidet, couldn't get medicine out of her own face, and was overall more helpless than a week-old kitten. I am shocked that Tae Kyung didn't have to rescue her from a cup of overly hot tea, by the end of it all. I think an abysmally helpless and dim heroine really was not my thing - I honestly don't get the YAB fuss. Coffee Prince fuss I get, HGD fuss I get. YAB and BOF fuss? Ugh.

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I'm a melodrama fiend, and this is a Lee Kyung Hee drama, so of course I'm going to watch this show. Everybody kinda concentrates on MiSa (as do I), but her drama Thank You was my favorite show of 2007. Seen almost everything she's done, including Breathless, the one with Kim Kang Woo from the director of Ruler of Your Own World.

Lee Kyung Hee dramas are kinda split into 2 acts. First act, LKH usually has some very artificial, very cheesy, generic melodrama situation. However, that cheesy melo situation is her playground to indulge her artier, experimental side . . . and so usually she'll in those first 8 episodes throw you into a gordian knot of narrative techniques, absent voices, absurdist observations, etc. And if you look hard enough, you may find allusions to the Bible in there, where it's MiSa's reinterpretation of Cain and Abel, or Thank You's influences from the Book of Job (kinda) as well as purgatory. Above all, she demonstrates a profound love for the solitary heroic man in the same vein that writers like Unamuno, Garcia Lorca, and Octavio Paz do in their work. Which is the point -- in that first half, she treats melodrama as a paradoxical piece of ultraismo ficcion. The plot points are merely impassioned choreography to explore death, abyss, and true unmasking of one's soul. She doesn't do themes; she explores myths.

THEN in act 2, she goes back to Melodrama 101 and piles on the tears. At that point, it's all execution. :D

You've seen enough Lee Kyung Hee, you get used to her bipolar approach to melodrama. She does most of her best, most creative work in the first half of the show. Then she goes conventional in the 2nd half. Hopefully if there was enough momentum from the 1st half, you won't lose your interest in the 2nd half. She's one of my favorite writers in K-drama, but she's maybe the laziest of em all. :D

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i've seen the first two episodes of "will it snow for christmas" and all i can say is super props to the actors playing the younger versions of cha kang jin/go soo, ji whan/han ye seul and their classmates/friends/whatever. personally, i thought they did an awesome job and the two of them had pretty good chemistry. i kind of wanted the younger version part of the story to go on a little longer, but i guess you can't really drag it out for too long when you only have a 14/16 episode drama.

it was surprising that i liked the younger version part so much since i usually find the whole "them when they were younger" parts of dramas so awkward and bland and the entire time, i'm thinking, "okay, when are they going to bring out the older actors?" the only time i've ever really enjoyed the younger version story is in autumn fairy tale where moon geun young plays the young song hye gyo and maybe hwang jin yi when jang geun suk was in it.

but yeah, it's still too early for me to decide whether i like the drama or not. i do, however, think go soo is still really hot [if not hotter than before] and im still a little uneasy about han ye seul's acting that i'm seeing in the previews.

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"d all i can say is super props to the actors playing the younger versions of cha kang jin/go soo, ji"

Fans of Queen Seon Duk wiil recognize the young actress as the same one who played young Deokman.

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Watched Will It Snow accidentally after rewatching the last two eps of YAB and I'm surprised to say that the first episode was rather engaging, and I do like the younger versions of the leads (in fact more than the leads themselves to be honest).

Good set up of the first episode, and there's lots of stuff I can foresee them exploring, but after watching the trailer for the grown-up bits not too sure how keen I'll stay on this drama. I find that I usually enjoy the kids version more, as with Autumn In My Heart, but we'll see how it goes. Looking forward to episode 2 (and I do wish they left the younger versions of themselves longer in the drama!). I do hope this doesn't turn into another MFL let down...

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the first episode made me slightly hunger for episode 2. it seems it might be a good drama but hopefully no dying in the end

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The first episode was super good! I actually liked it when they are younger. The actors for when they were teens were super good! i kinda wish they would stay longer~ i'm looking forward to the rest of this drama :) it's been a while since i've watched this type of drama XD

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i like the teen actors too. gogo~

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i started watching it, its sad but has a good story

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I like what I'm seeing with Will It Snow For Christmas.....interesting story line. Have a feeling things will escalate from Episode 5 and on.

The younger actors were very good....I especially feel the male as youth and now as adult has same characteristics. Very good acting! Will be interesting to follow him through the drama.

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Like everyone, I enjoyed the younger actor/actress part but I was impatiently awaiting the older cast to come forward. The first two episodes were relatively entertaining, lack of interest increased towards the middle and end. The end was a happy one considering it's a melodrama and no one died. Thank goodness. The story was depressing enough and to kill someone during the process of overcoming emotional barriers, would have been even worse. Anyway, HYS's character is bland in the latter years of her life as she is emotionally unstable and then later physically unstable, however, the moments between her and KS were cute at times but annoyingly short. The other actor and actress, had one boring ass story. I was not in the least interested in their love life. To be honest, I thought a deeper and more confusing love triangle would develop but it just remained predictable throughout the series. Ji Wan's second man didn't really like her and she didn't really like him, both stubbornly trying to demolish their feelings for their first love (by getting with each other) but in the end become unsuccessful. If I had known I would spend 16 hours of my life watching four characters move from point A to point B then A and then B and finally coming back to point A, then I would have preferred just watching several trailers on youtube and guessed from there. Sadly, I began watching without having a clue as to what I was getting myself into, I felt a little like Ji Wan's (HYS) mother, unforgiving and crazed by the end of it all. Props to those who contributed musically! I loved the OST, especially the song "Because Of You" by Gummy. Funny thing is, I can't stop thinking about the drama because of the lazy ending, it just feels incomplete to me. "My crazy mother wants you for dinner" Wtf. I just had to add that extra criticism.

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